This was a great stop to mix up our trip around Bali. This magnificent villa is situated close to town but hidden away from the rest of the world once you walk in to the beautiful garden and close the gate. We traveled with our two children who loved the pool house, which they had to themselves giving us all space that you are not afforded in a hotel. One of the first impressions you get is the pride put into the garden and surrounds of the pool, if this does not make you feel relaxed, nothing will. The open plan of the living room and kitchen is great and perfect for entertaining, although we only used the kitchen for some breakfasts, as you are spoilt for choice for nearby warungs without going right into town. Ketut who looked after us was friendly and most helpful. While Vivienne was never far away with messages and helpful tips even though she was all the back in Oz. We will definitely be back
We stayed here for days 6-13 of our Bali trip
Our second time here in Candidasa and this time we chose a Villa located down a side road towards the end of Candidasa near Benthos Bali Diving
Vista Del Mar, is a fantastic 2 bed villa with pool, our teenage daughter liked the fact the second bedroom was in a separate building 20 feet from the main villa. The pool is a generous size and just the right depth (5ft) and gets the sun for nearly all of the day. A decent TV with enough satellite channels to pass time when you get rain showers, (as we did in a very unseasonal,y wet July) the kitchen and BBQ more than met our needs but we didn't really use much as eating out is such good value. Washing machine easy to use and very handy.
Vivienne the owner is excellent with quick responses to emails and queries and good local knowledge, Ketuk who comes in daily to clean and garden is a lovely lad.
We would definitely stay here again if we come back to Bali.
I used Benthos again, very professional and they start at 8.00am which often means you beat the crowds to the first dive of the day, and only 2 minutes walk from the villa.
I like the variation of Candidasa from the islands out front Mimpang & Tepekong with varied fish life including Mola Mola (if you're lucky) to the macro dives at Blue Lagoon and The Jetty. Must do are day trips to Manta Point, Crystal Bay and the lovely drifts at Ped are only half hour away at Padang Bai then its a quick 50 minute boat ride over.
Lots of places to eat, we generally breakfasted in the villa with fruit from the lovely lady at the shop near us and toast, the 'go to' places for lunch was the Coffee shop next door, great baguettes and Cap Cay - lunch for 3 including a drink coming in at circa 200k idr or our other favourite for similar money for lunch was the Hot Dog Shack
Evening meals we ate around this time, The Hungry Crocodile is still great but Ganesh just 5 minutes walk turning left out the villa was equally as good (2 courses and a drink for 3 typically 500k idr) Astawa opposite Benthos very nice, great prawns and satay.
For simplicity we were really taken with Boni, about another 5 minutes walk past Ganesh, go up the hill at the crossroads - simple food and just 250k for 2 courses and a drink for 3 of us, we ate there perhaps every other night
Places Visited from Candidasa
A must do while in Candidasa is a walk to the top of the (Bukit Gungan) the view is stunning over Candidasa and the sea beyond, all it costs is 5,000idr pp, they take your money at the bottom of the hill
Nice to see Tenganan but once you had seen one weaving shop etc. the rest were the same. Tirta Gannga Water Gardens (tip take some fish food for the massive fish) were nice and a good place for lunch overlooking the gardens but we felt Ujung Water Palace was better but as they are close you can easily do both back to back - in fact all these 3 make a good tour route for a day
White Water rafting at the elephant park, not very white water and pretty commercial but it was enjoyable as the scenery and bird life as you meandered down through the canyon was excellent
What a fantastic place this is. 2 bed roomed; each with en suite bathroom, villa just off the main road of Candidasa. Location is perfect for a relaxing stay. The bedrooms were large and comfy, lounge and well equipped kitchen enormous although we ate out and didn't actually use the facilities but they were all there. The pool is a prefect size for swimming lengths if you feel you need the exercise :D or just have a float around. Pool towels were provided. Immaculate gardens which are a delight to wander around.
There is a small cafe immediately next door where we had breakfast every day, great scrambled eggs! There is a guest book withing the villa which recommends lots of places to eat used by other guests along with helpful tips for tours as well. Do read it.
Ketut at the villa was wonderful, not intruding in any way and always greeted us with a bright good morning, or good evening when he arrived. Very little noise from the immediate area, and what there was sums up Bali life to T.
We really loved our stay at Vista Del Mar, a few words can't describe how wonderful it was. Thank you Vivienne for experience, we left the villa very much in love with it.
This was the perfect place to relax away from the hustle and chaos of the crazy tourist areas of southern Bali . Candidasa and the Vista del Mar villa were better than even I could have dreamed for . The bedrooms were spacious , the kitchen , lounge and outside dining suited us perfectly . The pool was the perfect place to cool off day and night . Ketut the house keeper was efficient with his cleaning and also did not intrude on our privacy during our stay . The street we were in had a small cafe /warung next door for breakfast and meals. There was also little local shops for fruit and beer supplies . Just a further walk took us to restaurants and local supermarkets, plus massage salons and money changers . We took tours to nearby bays and ate plenty of satays and spring rolls . We cannot wait to return to candidasa again
Everyone we contacted in regards to our stay was very prompt, thorough and helpful. Candidasa is a quiet town 5 minute walk from the Villa. Great restaurants nearby. Treat yourself!
My husband and our 2 teenage children absolutely loved our stay here. We were all stunned by how beautifully the villa is laid out and the gardens and large pool were fantastic. Seperate living quarters for the children was excellent and loved the privacy of being away from the main road yet close to everything. We had our own car so off street parking behind lockable gate was great. Really was the nicest accommodation we've had in Bali and excellent value. Owner Vivienne was informative and very friendly and made our booking a pleasure. Good snorkelling at Blue Lagoon 20mins boat trip away. Massages by private masseuse by the pool and staff happy to cook banana pancakes for us in the mornings made our stay exceptional. Will definitely be coming back here!
Booked this villa after reading all the positive reviews and very happy to say they are true. Love this villa. Very private, lots of space and love the pool (big enough to do a bit of swimming). Young ketut was great and kept the place and the pool immaculate. Stayed there 7 days and wished we stayed longer.
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